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On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, District 8 FCCLA held the district leadership conference with ten chapters present from Northeast Nebraska. It was held in Norfolk at the Lifelong learning Center.
The Norfolk color guard presented the flags, while Neligh-Oakdale performed the National Anthem. William Wilton, the 1st State Vice President gave announcements from the state level. District officers were then installed with a candle light ceremony. Makenzie Rudolf is currently serving as Neligh-Oakdale’s District Officer and has the position of VP of Public Relations.
Jackie Freeman, the keynote speaker, who is currently a nurse, found her passion when she began running. She has ran in numerous marathons including the Boston Marathon. Freeman discussed 16 points on how to accomplish goals in one’s life. Students then attended several breakout sessions which included the state officer (Leaving a Legacy), state peer education officers (Families First, Student Body, and Financial Fitness), culinary arts, domestic violence (Brighter Horizons), bodybuilding and nutrition (719 Fitness Center) and jazzercise.
District 8 Conference held a FCCLA knowledge bowl that all ten chapters participated in. Runner-up champion was the Bloomfield chapter and the champion was the Neligh-Oakdale chapter. Awards were then given. Chapter Yearbook: 1st-Neligh-Oakdale, 2nd-Creighton; Scrapbook: 1st - Creighton, 2nd-Pierce, and 3rd-Neligh-Oakdale; and Creed Speaking/Interpretation: 1st-Brittany, Tramp (Crofton), 2nd-Jaiden Johnson (Bloomfield), and 3rd Payton Kersten (Battle Creek). Power of One Units that were completed included: A Better You: Julie Jones (Crofton); Family Ties: Haile Costello (Creighton) Julie Jones (Crofton); working on Working: Jessica Sark, Destiny Pollard, Kaitlyn Doughtery, Caroline Akkinningbagbe (all of Plainview), Julie Jones (Crofton); Take the Lead: Ashlynn Ickler (Plainview), Julie Jones of (Crofton); Speak out for FCCLA: Julie Jones (Crofton); Finishing all five units was Julie Jones of Crofton.
Several door prizes were given to the members and a closing ceremony was completed before students headed home.